Back to School shopping season is about to kick off (if it hasn’t already for some) and parents across the country are starting the necessary preparations for the big day. Whether you child is going back to school or attending for the very first time, this is an exciting timeÂ for both parents and kids. Conjuring bittersweet feelings of leaving the nest, making friends, and growing up. So, while we can’t do anything about your emotions, we canÂ certainly help prepare for whats to come. Because it is through play that children discoverÂ the foundation ofÂ learning, socializing, and staying healthy.Â With Little Tikes and a few helpful tips, your child will not only be prepared but shineÂ at Preschool.
To keep the focus on fun, here are some great tips reinforced by our great toys:
Use pretend play to explore the idea of preschool. Playhouses, kitchens, workshops, and water tables are perfect toys that can be employed to act out common daily routines. These introduceÂ your child to the common tasksÂ he or she will face upon entering their education. Simple things like practicing greetings, unzipping and hanging up jackets, or playing outside with other kids reassures childrenÂ by making them feel more in control. They also give lots of opportunities to play with other children. Reducing anxiety for more fun and learning.
Play withÂ Toys that encourage problem-solving and fine motor skills.Â Having had aÂ chance to social and explore the daily routines, consider introducing more advanced toys like Big Waffle Blocks, Big Car Carrier, Outdoor Climbers, and musical toys. Toys that help kids figure out things on their own and introduce fine motor skills. Like puzzles, these items allow critical thinking and problem solving. Jump starting the thinking process and unleashing their imagination!
Get out and move!Â Toys that get kids movingÂ likeÂ climbers, swings and swingsets,Â trampolines, bouncers, scooters, and trikes are all great items to help kids gain more control over their bodies. Preschool is aÂ time where huge physical advancements like balance and muscle growth occur. So get out and run, jump, climb and swing! Because byÂ putting these skills to work early, parentsÂ can rest easy knowing that the playground is a safe and fun place while away from their children..
Lastly, go early and visitÂ your new preschool. Early visits instill more confidence and a level of comfort. ByÂ touring the school and playing on the playground, parents have a chance to introduce them to their new world slowly. Affording questions to be asked and better addressing the little one’s concerns.